We were in the market for a good sturdy bike rack.
Something that preferably would be interchangeable between the car and the caravan.
In the past we had tried many different types and styles, but they just weren’t right.
The old story “A Poor Man Pays Twice” – well, in our case, sometimes three or four times.
Obviously we are slow learners 🙂
When we purchased our Merida electric mountain bikes we wanted something that would hold them securely and last the life of the bikes.
What were we after? That is easy (well maybe easy isn’t the right word). We were after something that was easy to load and unload, secure for our bikes, light enough for us to use on the back of our car without excessively increasing our overall weight, and something that we could transfer over to the caravan when we were towing (this last point will require some engineering to our van – keep an eye out in the near future for how we do it). Yeah, maybe easy wasn’t the correct word after all.
After much research, we finally found the ideal system that suited us down to the ground – the Shingleback Vertical Bike Rack.
Yes it is a few more dollars than what we have usually spent on bike racks, but seriously this rack is so strong and well made (and may I say made in Australia) that it is worth every cent. And they even supply a 10 year warranty – now that’s confidence 🙂
Installation was a breeze, and it is very easy to use. We love it
With the added optional swing arm it’s versatility is amazing, allowing us to access the back of the car without having to take the bikes off the rack.
About the Shingleback Vertical Bike Rack
The racks come in 4 different configurations 3, 4, 5 and 6 bike – we went for the 3 bike rack.
Some of the benefits of the Shingleback bike rack are:
- The bike fits onto the rack in a way that only the tyres touch the frame so there is no damage to the bikes paintwork or other components
- It fits a multiple range of bike sizes
- Easily fits into your existing 50mm tow bar
- If not using the optional swing arm, the bike rack has the ability to tilt for access to the back of the car
- The range of optional attachments are awesome, there is the swing arm (as mentioned earlier), the floor stand, the trolley stand and the light board.
We just love getting out on some deserted tracks and exploring, and being able to load and unload both bikes in a matter of minutes makes this so much easier. And if it is easy, we are more likely to do it.
So we would love to give a shout out to Andrew and Kimberley for a great product, thanks again.
If you are interested, see their range here.
Have a look at some of the reviews that they have received in the past.